Dear Parishioners,

There has been some significant legislation enacted recently that affects the pro-life posture of Catholic social teaching. Next Sunday, October 3, is Respect Life Sunday. The USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life has developed in this Year of Joseph the following “A Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life” to call our

prayerful attention to the gift of life in general, but “especially where it is vulnerable or threatened.”

A Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life

Dearest St. Joseph, at the word of an angel, you lovingly took Mary into your home. As God’s humble servant, you guided the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem, welcomed Jesus as your own son in the shelter of a manger, and fled far from your homeland for the safety of both Mother and Child. We praise God that as their faithful protector, you never hesitated to sacrifice for those entrusted to you. May your example inspire us also to welcome, cherish, and safeguard God’s most precious gift of life. Help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life —especially where it is vulnerable or threatened. Obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things. Amen.

God bless,
Fr. John Mahoney

Next Sunday, October 3rd, is Respect Life Sunday. There will be prayer cards inserted next week in our bulletin with a prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life.